• Mar 3, 2010
Subaru Impreza XV - click above for high-res image gallery

Like the recently redesigned Forester and Outback, the Impreza XV unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week gives us yet another Subaru that looks more SUV-like than its predecessor. Subaru pulled this trick off by giving the XV a heftier-looking grille, beefier wheel arches, thicker, more purposeful-looking roof rails and a new, boomerang-look rear spoiler. You'll also notice the little bumperettes up front flanking the new grille.

Don't like the way it looks? Don't worry, as the Impreza XV will not be headed our (U.S.) way. However, you're going to have to learn to live with it should you live in Europe. That won't be too hard to do as the XV ships with your choice of either a peppy 2.0-liter boxer gas engine or torquey turbo-diesle boxer mill, the latter motivator being the power plant that best compliments the new XV's so-so trucky looks.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry autoblog, disagreeing with you today.

      Subaru has been messing around with the plastic rocker panels for several generations, and I've always liked the contrast that it gives, and the increased sense of ruggedness. I think they've finally struck a good balance between the plastic "being there" without being overbearing or seeming tacked on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uglier than a hat full of a*&^holes
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buffer?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really don't understand the need to add "...Not any better" to the title.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I second that, for a different reason. Was there even an original Impreza XV to look better than? It was my understanding that this is basically the Euro version of the outback sport. If so, it would be a welcome refresh to dump most of the two tone from the bumpers and get a respectable roof rack, in between the cheesy current one on the impreza, and the 1/2 story addition that they call a roof rack on the Outback.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha - I think Bungle is exactly right. Dumb comment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Subarus are what people of the Southwest US call "two-baggers." That's when she's so ugly you've got to put a bag on her face, and then you put one on yours in case she takes it off."

      Lmao, wtf? That is the one of the most hilarious things I have ever heard. Oh man, I got a good laugh from reading that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      chicken legs
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fingers crossed that this is what the USDM Outback Sport looks like for the refresh, as mentioned above.

      Right now there's not enough differentiation between the USDM Impreza Premium and the OBS to justify the OBS's existence anymore.

      But yeah, even if we don't get all the stuff on here (cosmetically, as we won't be seeing the diesel anytime soon, if ever) I reckon a few items will be on the USDM refresh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone who complains about a *new* Subaru looking ugly has clearly never seen any prior model. They've never produced a stunning model in their entire history. I figure all the fanboys griping about the current WRX not looking as good as the last one must be on meth. The old one was certainly no looker.

      Subarus are what people of the Southwest US call "two-baggers." That's when she's so ugly you've got to put a bag on her face, and then you put one on yours in case she takes it off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, from that angle the front clip looks straight off a Sebring.

      Not a good thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks kinda like an older forester/outback from the mid to late 90s: Not impreza at all and way too soft. what happened to the sharp edge of the 2004-2007 models? Those may not have been subtle but they looked like they meant business, now it looks like every other sedan/wagon on the road and while it could be a nice sleeper that way, I would rather get an older version before this new wave of styling in order to have a really good looking one. Atleast Mitsubishi kept their edge with styling and the cars look like they'll spring to life and eat the car next to it. 2010 Lancer Evolution X > 2010 Impreza XV/WRX/STI in regards to looks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I definitely agree. Looks like they put some effort into making it look a bit like the outgoing Outback model to appeal to current owners who thing the new version is too big for them.

        If that exact car were to come stateside I'd buy it (diesel required of course)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The scoop on the hood is more comical than the spoiler on my Cobalt :-P .
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least the hood scoop on this car is functional where the wing on your cobalt is... well... you tell me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, but it's a "sporty" car; still looks kinda funny on something other than a muscle/sports car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, the actual wheel flares are a plus. Much better over the ones imitated with paint on the Impreza Outback Sport. However, the wheels remain in the same place and are of the same size - lame! This new Impreza is just akward looking, no matter what Subaru has done with it so far.
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